Minca overview

Minca is a small village located next to the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, 15km from Santa Marta. Waterfalls and natural pools are the charm of this small mountain village surrounded by wild nature. It is famous for its organic coffee and after spending some time in Santa Marta, one enjoys the slightly cooler temperatures of Minca. It is an ideal place for hiking, mountain biking and bird watching. The area has over 300 species of birds and the scenery is incredible.

You can climb to San Lorenzo, which is 2,600 metres above sea level, for a panoramic view of the snow-capped peaks of Colon and Bolivar, the world’s highest peaks by the sea.


HD video of Minca and San Lorenzo in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. Our guide accompanies us between the mountains, among the most beautiful in the region and the highest in the world, on the edge of the sea. These have been declared Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta National Natural Park and World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

From the Las Cuchillas viewpoint in San Lorenzo, it is possible to look out over the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra, Pico Colón and Pico Bolivar at over 5,700m, and on the other side over the Caribbean Sea and the swamp (Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta). It is a region that is home to many wax palms, pines, bromeliads and endemic birds of the region such as Sierra parrots and hummingbirds. It is an area with excellent coffee plantations and it is grown and exported by Hacienda Victoria.

There is a lot of cultivation of tropical flowers like heliconias. There are beautiful crystal clear waterfalls such as Arimaka and Pozo Azul as well as the Minca River which runs through a village 45 minutes from Santa Marta City. Minca and San Lorenzo offer a good overview of the region, it is an ideal place to visit and for all those who come here to discover Colombia

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